Todd Osborne

Todd has been with Oak Island Water Rescue since 2018. He earned his Private Pilots license (ASEL) in 1988, instrument rating in 2006, and Part 107 Commercial UAS license in 2019. Along with his drone flying responsibilities Todd has access to several Cessna 172s and assists with drone operations or single-engine flights in others aircraft.

Robert Zarracina

Robert helps companies determine if using drones will improve their business operations by utilizing his tested APL (Applicability, Profitability, Liability) program to ensure that all decision aspects are covered. His goal is to eliminate the misinformation, market hype, and costly mistakes that can result from being led down the wrong path. He is President of … Read more

Thomas Eggar

Thomas is a critical asset to the group. He is currently an Air Traffic Controller based in North Carolina and is the UAS and legislative representative for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. He is an experienced airplane pilot and holds ATP, CFI, CFII ratings. In his aviation career, he was an airline pilot based … Read more

Tom Jones

Lieutenant Commander Tom “Vegas” Jones is not only an experienced Navy pilot but also holds ratings for multi-engine airplanes is a commercial certificated pilot and CFI. Tom served with squadrons both on land at at sea and was a check pilot and instrument check pilot along with his many other military positions. He is also … Read more

Hunter Warren

Hunter started as a firefighter while in college at ECU in Pitt County in 2011 and added an EMT certificate in 2012. He achieved his Intermediate certificate in 2014 and continued to volunteer as an Intermediate EMT and firefighter until graduating from ECU in December of 2014. In 2015 Hunter started with Iredell County based … Read more

Andrew Albert

Andrew is a single-engine land and multi-engine land airplane instrument pilot.  He loves to share his passion for flying with others.  He is a commercial unmanned aircraft systems pilot.  Andrew is a volunteer UAS rescue pilot for a local fire department as well as a tactical flight officer on Fire Demon 1.  If he’s not … Read more

Ben Spain

Ben Spain is the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Manager for the North Carolina Division of Aviation and an Air Force Senior Pilot.  A Raleigh native, he is happy to be back home after spending 12 years on Air Force active duty flying the C-130J “Super Hercules.”  Ben is also a founding pilot with the North Carolina Volunteer … Read more

Steve Rhode

Steve is the Chief Pilot at the Wake Forest Fire Department and the former Chief pilot at the North Carolina Public Safety Drone Academy. He is also a founder of the North Carolina Volunteer Rescue Pilots group. He is an experienced dog rescue pilot through his non-profit group Pilot.dog. He is also an expert drone … Read more